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How AARP Foundation is helping 50+ workers pave the way to a stable income

We understand that many people 50+ have worked hard their whole life and are not ready to stop working, and in fact are eager to get back into the workforce and continue to be a resource for their families. With these facts in mind, AARP Foundation focuses on helping 50+ workers — with a particular focus on low-income, hourly wage workers — win back opportunity and gain the competitive edge for accessing good jobs in their communities. Getting and keeping good jobs are only part of the puzzle, however.

Many people with limited incomes lack access to financial services that many of us take for granted, such as banks, debit cards, and financial literacy classes or coaches. And just when things are starting to turn around, one scam artist on the phone can persuade a well-meaning person to send their money to them. Our work helps 50+ families to better earn, manage and protect their incomes — all three components are necessary to pave the way to stable income.

How do we help people earn, manage and protect their incomes?


AARP Foundation works to help 50+ workers increase their income through good jobs and access to adequate public benefits through innovative programs, tools and resources. We focus on:

  • Raising awareness of the devastating impact of unemployment for 50+ workers, especially long term unemployment,
  • Launching BACK TO WORK 50+, an initiative that provides information and resources to jobseekers, and is building a network of community organizations that provide skills training, individual support, and connections with employers for 50+ unemployed workers.
  • Highlighting the Senior Community Service and Employment Program (SCSEP) Program
  • Promoting the value of 50+ workers to employers, the public workforce system and nonprofit workforce services providers.
  • Supports services that help 50+ workers access income supports such as EITC, SNAP/Food Assistance and other public benefits.
    • Benefits QuickLINK is an on-line tool that helps people find programs that help cover the costs of food, medicine, and health care. Designed for unemployed workers, grandparents raising grandchildren, and low income older Americans, the tool works for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Each of these efforts aims to strengthen the pipeline of trained, prescreened and qualified 50+ workers available for employment in the local community.

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